Paleo Hot Chocolate

So incredibly simple, so delicious. Sweet husband and I are enjoying mugs of it, watching the latest episode of Bones on Hulu while our baby girl sleeps in the other room. (Grossly enough, this Bones episode has them finding a decomposed body in the world’s largest chocolate bar… but it doesn’t bother me at all to watch while drinking hot chocolate!)


Paleo (Dairy Free) Hot Chocolate

In a double boiler (I use a metal bowl set on a pot 1/3 full of simmering water), whisk together:

  • 1/4-1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
  • A small amount of coconut milk

When the chocolate is completely melted and combined with the coconut milk, slowly add:

  • the rest of the (13.5 oz) can of coconut milk
  • 1-2 cups of water

Whisk to combine, and stir until the mixture is hot but not scalded – you want to be able to drink it without burning your tongue!

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  6. Kelly
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 11:00:59

    Ooh, coconut milk. Love that as an option here.


  7. Karen
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 13:14:14

    I almost didn’t get to the recipe because of that decomposed body part (ohh, there goes my stomach again. Think of chocolate, think of chocolate, think of chocolate!)

    I’m glad I did get to the recipe, though. Mm-hmm, that sounds good! But why can’t we put in the coconut milk all at once?

    Interestingly, I improvise my double boiler almost the same way —except I use an aluminum pot instead of a metal bowl, which is probably why it keeps skipping annoyingly in the pot when the water starts to boil. Too bad there aren’t any metal bowls in our kitchen :-(


    • Joyful Abode
      Nov 22, 2010 @ 22:06:04

      you could put the coconut milk in all at once, but i find that it heats faster and melts the chocolate quicker if there’s just a little to start with, and once that’s combined, it’ll be easier to combine with the rest of the coconut milk… does that make sense? Otherwise you have to wait for ALL the liquid to heat up before the chocolate will melt.


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  9. Betsy
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 10:08:16

    I do a variation of this. Put two cans of coconut milk in the blender, add 3/4 cup raw cocoa powder and blend. Carefully – start slow or the cocoa blows all over the blended, lol. Pour into two pint mason jars and refrigerate.

    When you want cocoa, put a few spoonfuls in a mug, add sweetener of choice and fill the mug with hot water.

    I keep a jar at the office and often have a mug after lunch when my sweet tooth rears it’s ugly head. Keeps me out of the coworker’s candy dish.


  10. Mari
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 09:10:12

    I have made this too. It was really good. Sometimes I do a little less coconut milk and use some heavy cream. Though then its not really dairy-free anymore. And I love bones! We just started watching it and are working our way through season 5 now. I love it! My fiance and I are complete dorks because we both have very heavy backgrounds in gross anatomy. So we are always paying close attention to how accurate they are on the show. :)


  11. Deanna (Diana Renata)
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 08:49:32

    This sounds so yummy! I’ve been using Dagoba drinking chocolate with coconut milk, but using “real” chocolate would make it so thick and decadent. Maybe that’ll be my Thanksgiving dessert!


  12. Lynn
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 00:26:56

    Is there an alternative to coconut milk? I like the concept overall, but I don’t do well with coconut milk. :(


    • Joyful Abode
      Nov 21, 2010 @ 00:36:28

      well coconut milk is why it’s non-dairy, but you could just use regular cow milk (if I do milk, I usually add a splash of cream too, and of course no water).


      • Lynn
        Nov 21, 2010 @ 00:44:20

        You know, I completely missed the “paleo/dairy free” part of the recipe. *headdesk* It’s been an interesting night for me.

        Still, I did not want to buy processed hot chocolate (like Swiss Miss) so I want to give this a try tomorrow! I always, always have dark chocolate on hand… 😉


        • Stef
          Nov 21, 2010 @ 11:00:03

          Lynn-Almond milk although I think that tastes funny.


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